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Sep 10, 2007 09:37 AM

Lunch Downtown (Farragut West Area)

I am so sick of the same old lunch from a chain like Potbelly's around here. Can you make suggestions for good lunch spots around here (doesn't have to be the same metro stop but not too far either).

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  1. Breadline is always reliable...1751 Penn. Ave.

    1. You know I was just getting ready to do a post on this. I have decided I need to explore my lunch area more. I normally pack, but when I don't I go to my old standbys which if you don't know perhaps you should:

      Breadline: Pennsylvannia between 17th and 18th. Anything on, stuffed inside, or with bread is excellent. I particularly enjoy chicken and goat cheese, sausage sandwich and roast turkey, but there is so much I haven't tried yet that looks good.

      Cafe Asia: i st. between 17th and 18th. They have a pretty cheap sushi lunch special or bento box. They give you a big thing of miso soup with it so since sushi fills me up pretty well, I normally make that into two meals. But they also have some very good entrees, big portions.

      Those are my two favorites.

      Park Place at i st. and 17th or Conn. maybe has a good cafeteria style selection and they make sandwiches. I have never had their sands, but the waldorf chicken salad has been tempting me.

      Also today I just saw Heidi's advertised with fresh baked bread from scratch. Anyone been here?

      I also like Firehook, even though it is a chain on 17th between k and i.

      Dicky's Custard on i at 17th supposedly has good paninis according to co-workers.

      I have yet to check out Dicky's or the place next to it Station Grille or whatever, but it always has lots of people. I will update you on what I venture to. I normally pack a lunch, but am going to try to eat out at least once to twice a week and try some of these places.

      Anyway those are all at your location and mostly non-chain.

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        oh - there is also Wasabi for reasonably priced asian food - they deliver. Never had it, but coworkers have and it looked good. I plan on trying it eventually!

        1. re: Jeserf

          If you want sushi go to cafe asia I was really disappointed by their sushi. I got something normal, spicy tuna roll and some others, and they just weren't good.

          1. re: ktmoomau

            I don't eat fish, so the fact that they offer more than just cucumber roll is what I'm happy about.

            I ate at cafe asia in VA and wasn't impressed - I made the same veggie curry at home a few days before i had it there.

          2. re: Jeserf

            Wasabi is actually pretty fun. They have their sushi (freshly made while you watch) going around on a onveyer belt and you can tell what the prices are by the color of the plate the sushi is on. I try to go once a month it's pretty fun and reasonably priced. They also have stuff like a small plate of chicken teriyaki on the belt as well if you feel like having something else besides sushi.

            1. re: xena1441

              Wasabi went out of business a few months ago.
              Posted: 5/15/12

          3. re: ktmoomau

            Just wanted to give a report on Heidi's New York Deli. I have been in twice now. The first time I had the meatball sub, which I thought was really good. They are huge. They of course nuke the meatballs, but I still thought the sandwich was really good, better than Potbelly's, Sheetz, Subway meatball, although I have never had Breadline's meatball. The bread is indeed homemade and it was crusty and good. I really like a meatball sandwich now and then and will probably go back there for it.

            Next visit I had the Italian Sub, although it might have been called the New Yorker or something anyway it was the one with lots of italian meat, cheese and oil, etc. I asked for it with spicy peppers. It was good, a little too much oil made it rather slick and a little mushy at parts. Not near as good as the Italian Store, but not bad, and might have been better if I ate it there, it did get transported back to the office wrapped up.

            Anyway this place seems pretty good. They are friendly and do have very good bread. I am sure it is a franchise, but I have never been to one before and it is a good switch up. They say they have good chicken salad that will be next on my list of things to try.

            Had a Breadline grilled flatbread today with sausage and hummus, it is good, but not near as good as their sandwiches. Their marscapone cookie I can't decide if I really like it or if it is just ok. I think I would rather have a whoppie pie if I was going for this style cookie.

            1. re: ktmoomau

              i ate there for the first time this week, and am heading back for seconds. Large portions, great bread, but long lunch lines.

              I had the bronx bomber-pastrami and egg salad w LT & O, -and was quite happy with my selection

          4. how far are you from Georgetown?
            there seems to be two good lunch options just opened there - that Sweet Green and Pain Quotwhooseimatsit (both on M St).
            On nice days, it might be worth the trip. Not today though - it's a steam room.

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            1. re: Jeserf

              Where exactly is that Sweet Green place on M Street? (What other stores it is near would be helpful more so then street address since 1/2 those stores don't even have a number listed). I went looking for it the other day and couldn't find it where I thought it was so I just got something from Dean and Deluca.

              1. re: Elyssa

                their website had a map ( and it looks like its past Dean and Deluca before 34th Street.

                1. re: Jeserf

                  oh...guess I didn't go far enough. Bummer

            2. The Greek Mediterranean Deli on 19th just north of L. Get there early, long lines form quickly.

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              1. re: jamall

                I always see a really long line outside of it and was intimidated to try it out but after your suggestion I think I may do so tomorrow for lunch. Will report back to everyone as I try these places out. Thanks!

              2. A short (5 min) walk away is my favorite NY-style pizza in DC at Washington Deli. It's on 20th and Eye, just around the corner from Baja Fresh. You can buy by the slice. My favorite is plain cheese or the white one with spinach and mushrooms.
                Also, if you want a delicious sit-down lunch , check out Kaz on Eye between 19th and 20th. You can also sit at the sushi bar.